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Liz Gleadle on ice
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Track and Field | 4/29/2016 5:04:00 PM | Len Catling (Sr. Manager, Communications and Media Relations)

Liz Gleadle's 'Summer of Wonder'

Former UBC and current Canadian track star Liz Gleadle is hoping for a 'Super Summer' complete with Olympic glory. Already this spring she has been bestowed the role of 'Superhero' and is well on her way to becoming a living, breathing, javelin throwing version of Wonder Woman.
 
Thursday was "National Superhero Day", yes there is a day for that, and CBC Sports decided to run an online poll asking sports fans, which Canadian athlete best embodies the 'super powers' of a 'Superhero'. The most voted for athlete in the poll would be crowned 'Captain Canada'.
 
Sprinter Andre de Grasse could blaze the 100 metres as The Flash. Olympic medalist and freestyle swimmer Ryan Cochrane will glide through the pools of Rio as Aquaman. Thunderbird alumni Gleadle will throw her javelin deep into the sky as Wonder Woman, and that suits her fine.
 
"I'm a fan of Wonder Woman in general, because she is literally a strong woman who is not stick thin. She is larger than life and a bit of an Amazon," explains Geadle over the phone from Lethbridge, where she is deep into her training regiment. "That's how I feel when I get to compete, I feel larger than life. Oddly enough I have a pair of Wonder Woman underwear, so I thought that was kind of funny and I was running around in them."

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If the people have spoken thus far, Gleadle is well on her way to becoming the most super of superheroes. At last check she had taken nearly eighty percent of all votes in the online poll.
 
"I think I've been kind of killing it in the polls," says Gleadle, her voice full of enthusiasm. "I'd like to be the 'Wonder Woman of Canada' for our sport.  I'm all about girl power, being who I am, and being proud of who I am. I'm 6'1", a strong muscular woman, who loves what she does and loves looking out for others. I love promoting sport among women and promoting power among women. "
 
Gleadle believes she not only represents the attributes of Wonder Woman, but also checks all the boxes when it comes to a distinctly Canadian resume.
 
"I think I'm a deep rooted Canadian. My mom is French-Canadian, my dad is from Manitoba, I speak French, I speak English," she reasons. "I train in Lethbridge, I'm from Vancouver, and I think I'm all around a Canadian girl."

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She also feels her UBC roots will generate a movement behind both her quest for votes and quest for Olympic success.
 
"I still feel very much a part of the UBC community. When I'm in Vancouver I train out of the UBC Varsity Gym and I still feel that camaraderie with all the different teams. I know people on the football team and the baseball team. We are all very much cheering for each other, so it's fantastic to still be a part of the UBC Varsity community."
 
May a 'Super Thursday' turn into a 'Summer of Wonder'.